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Antonio Brown Trade Rumors: Steelers to Consider Trade Offers for Disgruntled WR

TIM DANIELSJANUARY 5, 2019

 

 

The Pittsburgh Steelers are reportedly "expected to consider trade requests" for superstar wide receiver Antonio Brown before the start of NFL free agency March 13.

On Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the Steelers haven't "closed the door on the thought of Brown playing for someone else" after he missed the team's Week 17 game against the Cincinnati Bengalsfollowing a rumored dispute with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Pittsburgh is thought to seek a "high pick" as part of any potential trade package, per Rapoport:

 

The 30-year-old Miami native is coming off another terrific season with 104 receptions for 1,297 yards and a league-leading 15 touchdowns.

It was a campaign that also featured off-field issues, though.

In September, Brown responded to a Twitter post by a former Steelers staffer questioning his value to the offense compared to Roethlisberger by stating, "Trade me let's find out."

Brown was the subject of two lawsuits in October related to an alleged April incident in which furniture was thrown from his 14th-floor apartment at a complex in Miami.

"It has now been made public that two lawsuits containing false claims have been filed against me," Brown told reporters. "The facts will soon come out that prove my innocence. My focus will remain on football, and I will not let the cases serve as a distraction."

His contract could pose a hurdle in trade discussions.

He's scheduled to count $22.2 million against the salary cap in 2019, and a deal before free agency would only secure $1.0 million for Pittsburgh in cap savings, per Spotrac. His dead cap figure would drop from $21.1 million to $12.0 million if a trade happens after June 1.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin refused to rule out a Brown trade during his season-ending press conference Wednesday, replying "certainly" when asked whether Brown's "antics could outweigh his production."

"I'm not speculating on what life is going to be like going forward," he told reporters. "What I am going to do is address the circumstances and then move on from there."

Tomlin said Brown has not requested a trade out of Pittsburgh, however.

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Leave the Brown, Take the Cannoli (Bell).

Seriously, sign Bell in FA.  The Jets have the money and we'd immediately have a difference-maker on offense that opponents need to take seriously.  I can stomach an incremental improvement in the WR corps this year if we prioritize improving the OLine (sign C Matt Paradis, draft Jonah Williams) and signing Bell.  Bring back Enunwa and Robby Anderson, sign one FA (a #2/#3 type guy like Tyrell Williams or Humphries) and draft a WR prospect in the middle rounds hoping he'll be a Jerricho Cotchery.  That's how we jumpstart the offense!  Give Darnold an upgraded OLine, a playmaker like Bell, a slightly better WR group (before aggressively upgrading it in 2020) and a 2nd year Chris Herndon.

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1 minute ago, Jet_Engine1 said:

I have a feeling the Dolphins try to work out a deal for him. Apparently Stephen Ross is still pissed that Gase let Landry go. Bet he wants to make a splash somehow.

Good they can trade a first for him. Dont want any more headaches

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He’s probably the best player at his position and has been for half a decade; will also likely continue to have a difference-making skill set well into his mid-30s,and just lead the NFL in TDs despite all of this drama. 

And yet some people do not want him?!

Lockerroom headache distraction/whatever, he makes soup commercials, is a Madden cover, he is a consistent top-3 fantasy player...and yet he STILL doesn’t threaten to ejaculate on cops’ wives. 

You want to help Sam? Gift him a Goddam seven time probowler! Sheesh

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Just now, Gastineau Lives said:

Anything else?

How much does it cost to move up from 20 to the 3rd overall pick? I think a 30 year old Antonio Brown, their 2nd round (52) pick in 2019, and the Steelers 1st round pick in 2020 is a good start. What else should we ask for to fall back 17 spots?

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Just now, playtowinthegame said:

How much does it cost to move up from 20 to the 3rd overall pick? I think a 30 year old Antonio Brown, their 2nd round (52) pick in 2019, and the Steelers 1st round pick in 2020 is a good start. What else should we ask for to fall back 17 spots?

I don't know. I guess you're assuming we will be the only one talking to the Steelers?

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Just now, New York Mick said:

Is a 30 year old WR worth a 1st round pick? Granted he’s a beast but for how much longer? 

Even if he becomes a fraction of the beast he is, he’d still be better than 90% of his peers for another five years. 

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